Brennan Simkins’s life comes down to two words:
Fore: Blessed with a nearly-perfect swing, Brennan has been an avid golfer since age two.
Four: The number of bone marrow transplants he underwent by age 10.
On the eve of his seventh birthday, the Augusta, GA native was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a serious form of leukemia that is very difficult to treat. Brennan underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant and began his long road to recovery.
But then, just over three months later, his cancer returned. Brennan received another transplant, only to relapse again. Even after yet another transplant - his third in just over a year - the cancer returned.
One hospital advised Brennan’s parents to give up, saying nothing could save their son. But even as a 10-year-old, Brennan showed the courage to fight for his life.
“He was talking about a movie he’s watching, a war movie,” Brennan’s doctor, Wing Leung, says. “And he was talking about, when you’re fighting a war, giving up is not an option.”
So, Brennan, who aspires to someday become a nurse, decided to undergo a fourth bone marrow transplant. He may have acted brave, but Brennan admits how frightened he was.
“I didn’t know if tomorrow would be my last day or not,” he recalls. “Every time I closed my eyes, it felt like I was going to die when I was asleep.”
Amazingly, Brennan survived and has lived cancer-free for over 19 months. Now, he’s even been cleared to return to school and - better yet - to the fairway.
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Source: The TODAY Show